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It appears from his own account of the voyage that he discovered lands never before seen by white men, and that he spent the spring and early summer of 1524 exploring practically the whole Atlantic coast of the United States, from Florida to Maine. The quite full description which he wrote to Francis I upon his return to Dieppe and the account which he gave of the new lands and new peoples inhabiting them were eagerly copied and the transcripts widely circulated. The commercial advantages likely to accrue to France by the important discovery of a country thickly populated, rich in resources of natural products, furs and metals, quickly presented themselves to the popular mind. In 1526 he set forth from Havre de Grace on his third voyage from which he never returned, having been murdered by cannibals after landing with a few of his men to confer with the savages. His biographer says: Many who had known and conversed with him have told me that he had declared that it was his intention to persuade the most Christian King to send a goodly number of people to settle in some places of the new country. However, no efforts at colonization were made on the part of France and the financial losses of those who had promoted the previous voyages were such as to discourage similar enterprises for several years. In 1534 Francis I, having regard for the advantages which might accrue to France by finding a short way to the South Seas, persuaded one James, or Jacques, Car-tier to undertake a voyage. He set forth from St. Malo on the 20th of April, 1534, with two ships. He spent three or four months exploring the Strait of Belle Isle, the coast of Labrador, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, looking for the Northwest passage, and late in the year returned to France.

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